WA Dept. of Health warns against snuggling, kissing poultry after Salmonella outbreak

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The CDC, which urges consumers to not use kratom in any form because of the possibility of salmonella contamination, said the infections started in October and have affected 20 states. It also said 11 cases involve hospitalizations, and no related deaths reported. Evidence suggests that the source of the outbreak is possibly kratom, which is a plant that is used as a substitute to opioids. North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Utah each announced two cases while Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Dakota, New York, South Carolina and Tennessee each detailed a solitary case, the CDC found.

Eight of 11 people interviewed reported consuming kratom in pills, powder, or tea forms. "While anyone can get a Salmonella infection, children are especially at risk of illness because they are less likely to wash their hands and have more frequent hand-to-mouth contact than adults".

If you've had food poisoning, you know what Salmonella feels like. The illness usually lasts 4-7 days, however, an unusually high rate of cases have been hospitalized in this current outbreak. But genetic testing links the cases that have been reported.

No common brands or suppliers have been uncovered by the investigation, which is being conducted by the CDC along with several state health officials and the US Food and Drug Administration. Recently, the FDA has supported a kratom crackdown, saying the botanical is potentially unsafe and addictive. Gottlieb likened the chemical compounds of kratom to opioids. All concur that more research is required.

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In addition to alleviating pain, kratom is consumed for its stimulant effects and used to treat heroin or morphine dependence, as it is said to reduce withdrawal cravings.

Kratom is widely available on the internet and is sold in some head shops, gas stations and corner grocery stores. Because of the revealing time slack, more instances of sickness might be accounted for, the CDC said.

"Kratom is not a drug", the American Kratom Association says on its website.

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